About Udaipur...

Udaipur known as the City of Lakes is famous for its marble places, beautiful gardens and blue lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 years. The lakeside city palace is perhaps the biggest of its kind in Rajasthan, dominating the area with its imposing architecture. Next to the city palace, the Jagdish temple is known in Udaipur for its exceptional stone carvings, while both the Sajjangarh Fort and the Neemach Mata Temple offers some quite awesome views. Of the original eleven gates, only five are remaining. The Suraj polar sun gate on the eastern side is the main entrance to the city. Rajasthan is brimming with a whole heap of quality attractions, and so many tourists choose to base themselves in Udaipur and take full advantage of the Indian sights.

Jaisamand Lake is one to add to your list of places to visit and this man-made lake is located alongside the very family friendly Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary. Also near to Udaipur are the spectacular perimeter walls of the Kumbhalgarh Fort, which really is of epic proportions. Don't miss a day trip to Mount Abu, or to the giant temple complex within Ranakpur. Further long-distance transport connects cities such as Jaisalmer. Udaipur is situated 1900 feet about the sea level in the Aravali Hills. This beautiful city was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. and is named after him. One of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes. The marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and the lakes make Udaipur seem almost like a mirage in the desert. Within the large city of Udaipur, tourists will find a number of quality museums, offering information about everything from Rajasthani archaeology to tribal life and folk arts. The neighboring Ahar Archaeological Museum stands out and resides on the outskirts of Udaipur. Within the city palace itself are a number of worthwhile museums, such as the Government Museum, where you will find portraits showing some of Udaipur's larger-than-life maharajas, dressed in extravagant clothing and sporting huge moustaches. The city palace museum itself is on hand and contains some very impressive mosaic peacocks. The Maharana built a small shrine, Dhuni Mata, to mark the spot which is now the oldest part of the city palace. Udai Singh chose the site of Udaipur for his new capital and built an artificial lake named Udai Sagar after himself. Udai Singh further extended this pond and created one of the most picturesque manmade lakes in Rajasthan. The Rana named it Pichola after the neighboring village of Picholi. His new capital was established when in 1559 he built a small palace, Nochouki, on an overlooking ridge. Other buildings and structures soon mushroomed around the palace. With successive generations the marble and granite palace of the Rana spread out, always allowing an architectural excellence quite unique to the Mewar dynasty. Around the very edge of Lake Pichola are a series of striking marble temples and other structures, in the lake itself the aptly named Lake palace is enormous and currently operates one of the world's most luxurious hotels. Tourism information in Udaipur comes in the form of the well-equipped Tourist reception centre, which resides within the Fateh Memorial Building Boat rides depart regularly from the jetty next to the City palace and transport passengers to Pichola's further island of Jagmandir. Fateh Sagar Lake is another notable tourist attraction in Udaipur and its garden island of Nehru is nothing short of an exotic paradise. Families will always enjoy spending time at the Gulab Bagh Zoo, next to Lake Pichola, where Indian tigers and other exotic animals can be observed.

If we take a look at the historical background of the city the founder Maharana Udai Singh, overcome the misfortune that his old capital Chittorgarh had to face. Repeatedly sacked by the Mughal armies, the fort saw some very fierce battles in 1567; the army of Emperor Akbar sacked the fort and forced Udai Singh to seek refuge in the surrounding Aravali hills. Udai Singh sought the advice of a holy man and then went building this city on the banks of Pichola Lake. Very serene and romantic Indian city, Udaipur has been shaped by commercial tourism in recent years. Although it still manages to retain much of its earlier charm, Udaipur once known as Mewar is the land that produced a galaxy of patriots and heroes in quick succession, people who etched the name of Rajasthan in every corner of the world. The Mewar dynasty traces its roots to the sun god. Its history has been a continuous struggle for freedom of religion, thought and land against other Rajput groups as well as the overbearing Mughals and Muslims of bygone eras. Its act of patriotism, heroism, magnanimous behavior and love for independence can never find any match in the annals of any country.